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Boston Red Sox designate A.J. Pierzynski for assignment, call up prospect Christian Vazquez.

By SI Wire
July 09, 2014

The Red Sox have released catcher A.J. Pierzynski, the team announced Wednesday.

Boston has struggled offensively in 2014, and it shows with a record of 43-52. Last Wednesday, the team decided to move in a different direction at the catcher position and designated Pierzynski for assignment. Pierzynski was not claimed, and became an unrestricted free agent today.

In 2013, Pierzynski experienced a renaissance as a member of the Texas Rangers when he batted .272/.297/.425 with 17 home runs in 134 games. But Pierzynski was unable to replicate that during the 2014 campaign, and his .348 slugging percentage was not enough to justify his $7.5 million salary and starting position. 

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The Red Sox called up 23-year-old catching prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Pierzynski's place on the roster. Vazquez batted .279 at Pawtucket this year and has gone 5-for-11 in three games since being called up.

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